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LANCE ARMSTRONG HANDS BACK HIS OLYMPIC MEDAL

laDisgraced cyclist, Lance Armstrong has returned his Olympic bronze medal in the latest development following his admission that he used performance-enhancing drugs. Lance won the medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, but the International Olympic Committee removed his honor in January.

 

Armstrong won the medal for the road time trial, but has confirmed that he has now handed the medal back, tweeting, “The 2000 Bronze is back in possession of @usolympics and will be in Switzerland asap.” The IOC confirmed that they will not reallocate the bronze medal. Spanish rider Abraham Olano Manzano, who finished fourth, will not have his finish upgraded, and the bronze medal position will instead remain vacant in Olympic records.

 

The decision to leave the place blank is similar to that made by cycling’s ruling body, who decided not to declare any winners for the Tour De France titles once held by Lance Armstrong.

 

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